14 tracks from Planet Mu
Reviewed by Sarah Ferguson Source: (Exclaim)
Deep urban grooves and bass-y IDM pervade this compilation of current music from UK-based Planet Mu. The label's debut release of 2011 could be likened to a rich tapestry of beats calmly woven with muted downtempo shades of drum & bass and dubstep. A gently illuminating vocal sample aligns beauty with intelligent drum & bass, lighting up first song "Solar" by Oriol. Ireland's Solar Bears guide the record softly and cinematically with the exclusive "To Be With Her." Floating Points continue down this street, adding soulful vocals and percussive brilliance with "K&G Beat." "Give It Up" by Tropics incorporates interesting sounds, but fails to create exciting energy or a clear progression, while the Internal Tulips offer low-key digital pop lullaby "Parasol." With "Starfox," Kuedo ups the energy, winding us through spaced-out dubstep imaginings before "Topaz" by Ceephax Acid Crew brings it home with bumpin' analogue synths that would sit comfortably as the new theme song for Fashion Television (after "Obsession" by Animotion). Fans of experimental beats with bass won't regret picking up this solid collection.
- DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
- Machinedrum - Room(s)
- Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
- Tropics - Parodia Flare
- Anti-G - Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz'
- Various - Ghettoteknitianz E.P.
- Kuedo - Severant
- Chrissy Murderbot - Women's Studies
- Boxcutter - The Dissolve
- NastyNasty - No Names
- FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
- Chrissy Murderbot - Bussin Down
- Boxcutter - Allele
- Various - Bangs & Works Vol.1
- DJ Roc - The Crack Capone
- Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
- Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu
- DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP
- DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
- Numan - Race Against Time
- Ital Tek - Midnight Colour
- DJ Nate - Da Trak Genious
- Tropics - Soft Vision E.P.
- Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel